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Nonito Donaire turns down Dec. 15 fight with Jorge Arce

Donaire cited an insufficient deal and a hesitance to fight in Arce's hometown of Mexico City as reasons for turning down the proposed fight.

Chris Trotman

Super bantamweight Nonito Donaire has turned down a proposal to fight Jorge Arce on December 15 in Mexico City, according to a report.

Ryan Maquinana of is reporting that a reliable source within Team Donaire has said that "the deal was not sufficient for him to sacrifice fighting in the opponent's territory" of Mexico City.

Promoter Bob Arum had reportedly been working on the deal with the hope of getting something finalized by the end of the week, as he's been pushing for a Donaire-Arce fight for a few years, but negotiations have broken down again. SB Nation's boxing blog, Bad Left Hook, believes that Donaire could benefit from a fight against a boxer as popular as Arce rather than taking on lesser-known opponents such as Jeffrey Mathebula and Toshiaki Nishioka. Apparently those benefits aren't enough incentive to get a deal done.

Since winning the junior featherweight title earlier this year, the Filipino-American Donaire has annexed the IBF, WBO and Ring Magazine titles in addition to the WBC diamond belt in his three fights at 122 pounds.